We were pleased that Canton Crossing added another local restaurant to its suburban-style assortment of mostly national (except for Samos and soon-to-open Farmstead Grill), casual, fast food and chicken-and-waffle-fry chains.
Open about a month, Atwater's has many favorites from the Belvedere Square flagship, including a couple of homemade soups each day, hot and cold sandwiches on Atwater's breads, inventive salads, and an array of sweets and desserts in a smaller pastry case—much of it produced with locally or regionally sourced ingredients.
You can't go to Atwater's without getting a dessert. Torn between the new housemade ice creams—eight flavors including coconut macaroon, honey vanilla, and dreamsicle (a double scoop is only $3.95)—an Atwater's milkshake, or something from the pastry case, we opted for a slice of Pimlico cake with chocolate ganache and nuts ($3.95 ), and a half-dozen almost palm-sized almond shortbread cookies with a raspberry jam thumbprints ($3.95). Both were winners.
The only menu items that are a little pricey at the Canton Atwater's are beer and wine (craft draft beers were $6-7, wines were $8-9 a glass), and there is no happy hour—yet. But Atwater's staff said happy-hour specials will be rolled out soon.
After an afternoon of fighting traffic on Boston St., jockeying for spaces in the parking lot, and bargain-hunting at Target, a happy-hour beer or craft cocktail will definitely take the edge off. You're in Canton, after all. (Danielle Sweeney)